William H. “Bill” Frist, M.D.
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
William H. Frist, M.D., is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Executive Council of the private equity firm Cressey and Company. Senator Frist represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years where he served on both Health and Finance committees. He was elected Majority Leader of the Senate having served fewer total years in Congress than anyone in history. His leadership was instrumental to the passage of the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act and unprecedented funding to fight HIV/AIDS. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at Vanderbilt University and a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Meharry Medical College. He is also a Senior Fellow and Co-Chair of the Health Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center. His board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.